Saturday, September 30, 2017

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - ALEK WEK & DUCKIE THOT On PAPER MAG!!!



Chocolate-Covered Supermodels SOUTH SUDASN nativel ALEK WEK and SUDAN-descended MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-born NYADAK "DUCKIE THOT" THOT are two of the six Cover Stories for the Fall 2017 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Issue of PAPER Magazine!!!


Here are some interview interludes:

ALEK WEK:

On working with Photographer ELLEN Von UnWERTH during the early days of her modeling career:

"Ellen shot me the first time I arrived in New York," Wek recalls. In those days, Wek remembers being the "literally the [only model] with my features from South Sudan on the runways." 

On the strides that fashion appears to be taking towards diversity and inclusivity:

"The consumers are speaking up. If you're going to go buy something that doesn't represent you, I can't imagine you'd feel comfortable wearing it."

On posting on social media:

"I haven't mastered posting yet. I don't know how to crop [photos] so I'm always like, 'Go back! Go back!' It's so foreign to me." 

She is particularly dismayed with how people "manipulate with Photoshop" to "make themselves look completely different than they do in person."

On people measuring their self-worth in terms of "hits" or "likes" on social media:

"If you mislead people" to get a "hit" (or "like") on social media, Wek says, "you're not going to be trusted, and it's not real. You're kidding yourself. You might as well focus your energy on putting something out there that's exactly who you are. The hits don't make you who you are," she says. "You are the hit."


DUCKIE THOT:

On getting her start in modeling after competing in AUSTRALIAN RealiTV Modeling Competition, AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL:

"Uh-huh, no I didn't. I knew I wanted to be a model before that show, and I knew I wanted to be a model after I did it." She follows this declaration with a pause, and then, through intermittent laughter, jokes, "Duckie learned! Duckie taught herself!"

On after leaving ANTM, learning that there was NO DEMAND for BLACK MODELS in AUSTRALIA:


"I literally got nothing. I didn't understand why, but I wasn't getting any work. I think it was a very confusing part of my life for me. I was just this little [black] girl in Australia just being like, 'Oh yeah, I want to do modeling,' but [while also] being in a country that doesn't promote black models. It was kind of like a mindfuck all in itself anyways, so I didn't really get how far I was going to go with it."

On what inspires her creativity:

"When I was meeting with Tim [Walker], we had coffee -- so it wasn't the usual standard model booking. He pulled out this big thick book of all his ideas that he had scrapped out. I don't even know for how long, but it was a huge mood board. With the way my mind thinks, and the way he was really explaining what he wanted, [it] made me want to get that booking even more. He just had this vision that nobody has ever had before, and he was running it all by me. I loved that. When people run things by me and talk to me, that's a whole different side of Duckie. That's when my creative side comes out." 

On what we can next expect from DUCKIE THOT:

"I'm not giving away my secrets because I have plenty of things to come. I'm sure you'll be shocked by what realm Duckie ends up in next. It will throw people off. I think it's going to add something completely different to my character.Modeling is not the full stop for Duckie."


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NBA ISSUES MEMO To ALL 30 TEAMS On NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTOCOL & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT!!!

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Friday, September 29, the NBA sent a memo to all 30 NBA Teams detailing NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER's expectations of player behavior during the presentation of the UNITED STATES FLAG and the STAR-SPANGLED BANNER!!!

The memo also encourages players to be vocal on issues that they believe to be important, and outlines venues of team, community, media, and, national engagement for communicating their concerns on these issue issues.

Courtesy of the really good people at the WASHINGTON POST Newspaper, here is the FULL TEXT of the official NBA MEMO: NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTOCOL - NEXT STEPS: BUILDING STRONGER, SAFER COMMUNITIES:

TO: NBA BOARD OF GOVERNORS, TEAM PRESIDENTS, GENERAL MANAGERS
FROM: MARK TATUM, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
CC: LEAGUE OFFICE
DATE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
RE: NEXT STEPS: BUILDING STRONGER, SAFER COMMUNITIES
As a follow-up to our discussions at this week’s Board of Governors meetings, this document outlines suggested steps each team could take as we prepare for the start of the season and continue to develop impactful community programs.
I. ENGAGING PLAYERS AND SENIOR LEADERSHIP
If you have not done so already, we suggest organizing discussions between players, coaches, general managers and ownership to hear the players’ perspectives.
One approach would be for team leadership to review existing team and league initiatives and encourage players to share their thoughts and ideas about them. Following those conversations, teams could develop plans prior to the start of the regular season for initiatives that players and senior leadership could participate in, such as:
· Hosting Community Conversations with youth, parents, community leaders and law enforcement about the challenges we face and our shared responsibility to create positive change.
· Creating “Building Bridges Through Basketball” programs that use the game of basketball to bring people together and deepen important bonds of trust and respect between young people, mentors, community leaders, law enforcement and other first responders.
· Highlighting the importance of mentoring with the goal of adding 50,000 new mentors to support young people through our PSA campaign.
· Engaging thought leaders and partners. A variety of experts, speakers and partner organizations are available to players and teams as you continue these conversations and develop programming.
· Establishing new and/or enhancing ongoing team initiatives and partnerships in the areas of criminal justice reform, economic empowerment and civic engagement.
II. OPENING WEEK
As we approach opening week, each team could explore ways to use their first home game as an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community, including:
· A joint address to fans featuring a player or coach prior to the National Anthem. This could include a message of unity and how the team is committed to bringing the community together this season.
· A video tribute or PSA featuring players, community leaders, faith leaders and team leadership speaking about the issues they care about and photos from past community events.
III. KEY MESSAGES
 These are difficult and nuanced issues.

· We support and encourage players to express their views on matters that are important to them.
· The NBA has a rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem. The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule).
· Our team’s focus remains on unity and collective action that leads to meaningful change in society. The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities.
· We believe sports are a unifier and this is an opportunity for the NBA to once again lead by its core values of equality, inclusion and unity and to bridge divides and bring people together.
-CCG

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - SOUTH AFRICAN WOMAN THROWS BIG BOOTY CLAPS BACK At ATTEMPTED BODY-SHAMER!!!



Meet SOUTH AFRICAN Photographer - PLUS SIZE Blogger LESEGO LEGOBANE a.k.a. THICKLEEYONCE!!!

Earlier this month, fellow South African LEYTON MOKGIEREPI posted the comparative tweet;
"Girls I like vs Girls that like me..." 
The tweet features a photo of a petite woman to the left, and; THICKLEEYONCE to the right.



THICKLEEYONCE  clapped back;







TEEN VOGUE Magazine reached out for her with a request for an interview:



She responded to TEEN VOGUE Magazine;



-CCG





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Friday, September 29, 2017

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - #MWM20: ORIGINAL MILLION WOMAN MARCH 20 YEAR REUNION!!!


Sunday, October 29, BLACK WOMEN from throughout the USSA and across the diaspora will converge upon PHILADELPHIA, PA for the ORIGINAL MILLION WOMAN MARCH 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY REUNION - #MWM20!!!

The MILLION WOMAN MARCH: #MWM20 was a protest march organized on October 25, 1997, on the BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARK WAY in PHILADELPHIA, PA.

The march was founded and formulated by Phile Chionesu, a grassroots activist, human rights advocate, Black Nationalist/Freedom Fighter.
The march was envisioned and intended to help bring social, political, and economic development and power throughout the black communities of the United States, as well as to bring hope, empowerment, unity and sisterhood to women, men and children of African descent globally regardless of nationality, religion, or economic status. One main focus of the march for the women involved was family unity and what it means to be an African American woman in America. The women of the march called for three things: repentance for the pain of black women caused by one another, and the restoration and resurrection of African American family and community bonds. 
The march started from the Liberty Bell and ended at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. 
Speakers at the event included Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Sista Souljah; Jada Pinkett Smith; Attallah and Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughters of Malcolm X; and Dr. Dorothy Height. A message was read from Assata Shakur from her exile home of Cuba.
The march has been considered a social phenomenon due to its unconventional and unique way of organizing. It has influenced several mass gatherings by demonstrating a grassroots approach that had not been employed before. 

MILLION WOMAN MARCH,  MILLION WOMAN MARCH MILLION WOMAN MARCH


-CCG










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I LOVE 2 EAT #173 - FALL BUCKET LIST On FOOD & WINE MAG!!!

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Prepare your palate with a basket/bowl of GARLIC BREAD ROLLS , get started with a WARM SPINACH And SUNCHOKE SALAD complemented by  HOT-And-SOUR MEATBALL SOUP,  segue into some appetizing FRIED ZUCCHINI CHIPS, feast on CRISPY SALMON And WILTED CHARD, leave some room for your APPLE-POMEGRANATE COBBLER, later on; nibble on these CHOCOLATE PRETZELS With SEA SALT, and; so Much MORE in OCTOBER 2017 - THE WINE ISSUE of FOOD & WINE Magazine!!!

-CCG

HIP HOP SIGN LANGUAGE With MATT MAXEY On GQ MAG!!!

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ATLANTA native DEAFinitely DOPE  Founder MATT MAXEY is an ASL Interpreter who on a mission to bridge the gap between hearing and deaf/hearing impaired communities, and; is currently the AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) interpreter for CHICAGO native Rapper CHANCE The RAPPER on his current BE ENCOURAGED TOUR 2017!!!

The really good folks at GQ Magazine got with MATT MAXEY to have him puts us on with some HIP HOP SIGN LANGUAGE.

-CCG













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OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY - FAMILY MATTERS REUNION For ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY MAG!!!

CHARLES BARKLEY: EVERYONE In COLLEGE BASKETBALL Has "DIRTY HANDS"

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Yesterday, PRO BASKETBALL HALLOf FAMER/COLLEGE BASKETBALL HALL Of FAMER/TNT BASKETBALL Analyst CHARLES BARKLEY joined in on ESPN: The RYEN RUSSELL SHOW to discuss the recently revealed FBI NCAA BASKETBALL SCANDAL INVESTIGATION!!!

CHARLES states that everyone from the universities to the coaches, to the TV networks, to the shoe companies, and on and on and on has egregious culpability in the billion-dollars business that is college basketball.

-CCG



Thursday, September 28, 2017

The TRUMP PRESIDENCY On The ATLANTIC MAG!!!



Ask yourself, WILL AMERICAN DEMOCRACY SURVIVE, or; WILL TRUMP DESTROY The PRESIDENCY, learn about the SUDDEN DECLINE Of A SUPERPOWER, and; How TRUMP Is ENDING The AMERICAN ENDING, take a peek inside The WHITEST WHITE HOUSE EVER and The FIRST WHITE PRESIDENT, and so Much MORE inside the October 2017 The TRUMP PRESIDENCY: A DAMAGE REPORT Issue of The ATLANTIC Magazine!@!!

-CCG

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - TV MOVIE TRAILER: BOBBI KRISTINA On VH1!!!



BOBBI KRISTINA  is a made-for-TV biopic inspired by the life of the late BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN, the only child of Singers BOBBY BROWN and his late ex-wife WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!

BOBBI KRISTINA grew up in the shadow of her superstar parents’ spotlight. This film offers an intimate look at the highs and lows of parental, familial and romantic love complicated by fame through the eyes of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman. 

BOBBI KRISTINA premieres Sunday, October 8, 2017; 8:00 PM EST on TV ONE.

Will YOU be watching BOBBI KRISTINA???

STAY TUNED!!!

-CCG







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DONALD TRUMP vs The NFL On TIME MAG!!!

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Friday, September 22, President DONALD TRUMP was in HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA for an appearance to speak in support of then-incumbent REPUBLICAN Senator LUTHER STRANGE who was facing a run-ff election on Tuesday, September 27, that he lost!!!

During his rambling remarks President TRUMP drifted off into the political arena of the current NFL PLAYER NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS, and; decided to give the entire world a piece of mind on what he thought of the players, protesters, an; the league.

POTUS #45 said;
 "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now?'"
TIME Magazine  reports Trump sprays outrage like a comedian testing material, and the thunderous applause told the President he had struck gold. So he pressed the attack. Some two dozen times over the next five days, he questioned the protesters' patriotism and labeled them "privileged" millionaires who lacked respect or gratitude.

But quite apart from whether North Korea or Puerto Rico was a better focus of his attention, why run the risk of blowback by taking on one of the few American institutions that appeals across party lines, state lines, class and color lines? For this President, the words usually matter less than the music. The point was not that he was attacking the actions of black football players; the point was that he was telling his supporters, once again, I'm one of you, I'm on your side, and I'm willing to endure the ridicule of the elites in order to say out loud what you are thinking. The descants about political correctness, racial grievance and class resentment toward millionaire athletes all reminded his base why he was one of them.

DONALD TRUMP and his remarks on Friday night led to Sunday, September 24, becoming the NFL SUNDAY that the entire world will never forget.

So began a Sunday of football when the spectacle on the sidelines outshone the action on the field. The Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars set the tone from London, in the first game on Sept. 24. Some players took a knee, while others linked arms in solidarity--including Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who was among seven NFL owners to donate $1 million or more to Trump's Inauguration. Members of the Miami Dolphins warmed up in #Imwithkap T-shirts. At the Atlanta Falcons--Detroit Lions game in Detroit, singer Rico LaVelle knelt while performing the anthem, joining 10 players. In Nashville, every player on the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks chose to remain in the locker room during the anthem. Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews took the field with the words We all bleed the same and we are one written on his cleats. Even New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a close Trump friend and generous donor, criticized the President's remarks.

The movement spread beyond football. Basketball star LeBron James called the President a "bum" after Trump rescinded a White House invitation to NBA champions the Golden State Warriors following criticism from guard Stephen Curry, one of the world's most popular athletes. The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA left the floor during the national anthem before Game 1 of the league finals. Hall of Fame hoopster Bill Russell, age 83, joined Twitter to post a photo of his 6 ft. 10 in. frame kneeling, with a Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck, above the hashtag #takeaknee. Bruce Maxwell, a rookie catcher for the Oakland A's, became the first MLB player to kneel during the anthem.

Taken together, it was the largest, most potent demonstration of social activism among athletes in the history of the U.S. 

UNIVERSITY Of CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY SOCIOLOGIST Dr. HARRY EDWARDS helped organize the sports protest by JOHN CARLOS and TOMMIE SMITH during which time they raised black-gloved fists while on the winners podium at the MEXICO CITY 1968 OLYMPICS.

Dr. HARRY EDWARDS said;
"This was a watershed moment." 
Legendary STEVIE WONDER began a performance in NEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PARK by kneeling in support of the players.

Former GOP Sen. JOE WALSH said about STEVIE WONDER;
"another ungrateful black millionaire.
LOUISIANA GOP Sen. JOHN KENNEDY said;
"I don't think any American wants to take away the right to free speech of professional football players. I wouldn't have said it the way he said it, but President Trump is saying what a lot of Americans are thinking. Does there have to be politics to everything? I mean, do you really have to inject politics into a football game?" 

OAKLAND A's Catcher BRUCE MAXWELL, who was raised in Alabama by his BLACK military Father and WHITE Mother retorted;
"People say you have to keep politics out of sports. But he's the one who put politics into sports when he decided to demean certain athletes as players and as people." 
2017 is NOT the first time that DONALD JOHN TRUMP has attacked a national sports organization, i.e., a national football organization.

In 1983, the real estate mogul bought the NEW JERSEY GENERALS, one of 18 teams in the upstart United States Football League (USFL), in time for its second season the following year. The USFL was conceived as a complement to the NFL, not a competitor; it played its games in the spring. Trump had a different vision. 

Within two years he persuaded his fellow owners to move to the fall, and he sued the NFL, alleging antitrust violations. 

As the USFL bled cash, the courts stonewalled Trump's legal attack. The upstart league, which had sought up to $1.7 billion in damages, was awarded a measly $3 in the case. The disastrous outcome left the new league in ruins. But Trump never abandoned his dream of joining the exclusive club of owners in the most prestigious American sport. In 1988, he considered buying the New England Patriots. In 2014, he said he offered $1 billion to purchase the Buffalo Bills, but was outbid.

At a rally in January 2016, #45 said about the NFL;
"Football has become soft like our country has become soft."
Professional sports have long been a looking glass for American culture and identity. At the BERLIN 1936 OLYMPICS in 1936, the Track Star JESSE OWENS  dominated international competition, dispelling Nazi theories of racial superiority in the process. In 1940s BROOKLYN DODGERS Infielder #42 JACKIE ROBINSON broke baseball's color barrier, marking the beginning of the end of segregation in the nation's top sports leagues.

The social role of athletes intensified in the 1960s and '70s, when superstars with an activist bent such as ILL RUSSELL, MUHAMMAD ALI, and ARTHUR ASHE helped shape the era's civil-rights movement. Tennis star Billie Jean King blazed a trail for female and LGBT athletes, and HIV-positive diver Greg Louganis challenged misconceptions about the virus. The Olympic-gold-medalist decathlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner changed the debate about transgender issues after coming out as Caitlyn. Part of the power of sports is that the imaginary intimacy between fans and their icons can spur social change.

The social role of athletes intensified in the 1960s and '70s, when superstars with an activist bent such as Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe helped shape the era's civil-rights movement. Tennis star Billie Jean King blazed a trail for female and LGBT athletes, and HIV-positive diver Greg Louganis challenged misconceptions about the virus. The Olympic-gold-medalist decathlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner changed the debate about transgender issues after coming out as Caitlyn. Part of the power of sports is that the imaginary intimacy between fans and their icons can spur social change.

For NFL Players and much of BLACK AMERICA, it has been very difficult to rationalizer justify the COMMANDER-In-CHIEF calling BLACK ATHLETES Sons of B!7&hes for exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest.

DENVER BRONCOS Linebacker BRANDON MARSHALL said;
"Why didn't he condemn what was going on in Charlottesville?. For him to condemn us for exercising our rights, that says a lot about him as a President."
 A WHITE HOUSE Spokesman chimed;
"The national anthem and the American flag are symbols of the commitment Americans make to our country and its ideals. They serve as a humbling reminder of those who have fought and died to ensure that we remain one nation, under God, indivisible--something for which the President will always stand firm."
In2010, Republican FLORIDA Representative/PURPLE HEART Recipient BRIAN MAST lost both legs in a IED explosion in KANDAHAR.

Rep. BRIAN MAST said;
The venue is not what it's about. It's about disrespecting the flag and our country. They're using the national anthem as an opportunity."
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Safety MALCOLM JENKINS has been a leader in this protest movement.

MALCOLM JENKINS sid;
"We wanted to show our fan base that we support each other, that we have each other's back, and we'll continue to be champions for our communities."  
DENVER BRONCOS Defensive End DEREK WOLFE said;
"The greatest country in the world, and you reside here. Why do you stay?" 
MIAMI DOLPHINS Safety/STANFORD UNIVERSITY Graduate MICHAEL THOMAS said;
"When somebody with that huge a name uses a platform to fight for a cause, it moves mountains. It just can't be black players. If we get more of our NFL bothers who are white, the narrative is going to change. It's that simple." 
NFL Long Snapper/Former U.S. ARMY Green Beret NATE BOYER said;
"The most frustrating thing is that people weren't kneeling because they believe police brutality is too high or because of racial inequality. They took a knee because they don't like Donald Trump. We're now equating the American flag with a person--not the 300 million diverse people it's supposed to represent." 
 
The divide is a reminder of how differently people see the American condition. It's also notable that few, if any, prominent white NFL players, such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or JJ Watt, have taken a knee, though Brady called Trump's remarks "divisive" and all three linked arms with teammates. Such a move could send a powerful message to white America that black players are fighting for issues that matter to everyone.

The protests, if they continue, should spark other conversations, not only about race, justice and inequality but also about how to respond to a President with a knack for choosing battles that benefit him, no matter how divisive. As has often been the case, Trump turned a protest with specific goals--from racial equality to criminal-justice reform--into a referendum on the President himself.

Go into the huddle with TIME Journalists ALEX ALTMAN and SEAN GREGORY for a peek inside the DONALD TRUMP PLAYBOOK and get some perspective on WHY HE ALWAYS BOUNCES BACK - Inside DONALD TRUMP'S LATEST BATTLE AGAINST The NFL.

-CCG













13-YEAR-OLD UK WHEELCHAIR SKATEBOARDER Pulls Off WHEELCHAIR BACKFLIP!!!

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Meet 13-year-old UK Skateboarder LILY RICE!!!

The BRITISH teenager has a condition called HEREDITARY SPASTIC PARAPLEGIA (HSP) which is a group of hereditary, degenerative, neurological disorders that primarily affect the upper motor neurons. Upper motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord deliver signals to the lower motor neurons, which in turn, carry messages to the muscles. In hereditary spastic paraplegia, upper motor neurons slowly degenerate so the muscles do not receive the correct messages, causing progressive spasticity (increased muscle tone/stiffness) and weakness of the legs. This leads to difficulty walking. As degeneration continues, symptoms worsen. If only the lower body is affected, HSP is classified as uncomplicated or pure. HSP is classified as complicated or complex if other systems are involved. In these cases, additional symptoms, including impaired vision, ataxiaepilepsy, cognitive impairment, peripheral neuropathy, and/or deafness, occur.

In September 2017, LILY RICE became only the SECOND FEMALE WORLDWIDE to land a SUCCESSFUL WHEELCHAIR BACKFLIP.

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